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Mansoor: Go Back to the "True Reason" about Dogs

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in response to reader comment: Prophet was absolutely certain about what he was doing

Submitted by Mike Ramirez (United States), Mar 3, 2008 at 15:13

I appreciate your attempt to indicate that the stories of dog attacks are "the reason" why Islam has a bias against dogs. Of course there are dogs that can be dangerous and considered "unclean" but the same is true for just about every other animal on earth when it is wild or untamed. Even a camel, a cow or a goat which have been domesticated can be considered dangerous during a streak of wildness. Those animals can also be considered "unclean" yet, Islam has no prohibition against owning one of those animals.

The true reason why Muslims cannot own dogs, Mansoor, goes back to the originally submitted Ahadith where "Jibreel" did not visit Muhammad because of the puppy in his house. The account states how Jibreel told Muhammad that angels do not enter a house where there is a dog or a picture, thus Muhammad ordered dogs to be killed - except for hunting dogs and those used for protecting agricultural fields.

And the other reason, Mansoor, as indicated in the Ahadith, states that a Muslim will lose a qirat each day from their "good deeds" as long as they own a dog.

Are you therefore stating that you consider the Ahadith as unreliable and untrue?

Mike Ramirez



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